Brazil’s Banknotes Still Praise God, for Now

Jefferson Aparecido Dias, a federal prosecutor in Brazil, is attempting to remove the phrase “God Be Praised” from the nation’s paper currency, report Robert Mackey and Taylor Barnes for The New York Times. Dias argues, “The Brazilian state is secular and, as such, should be completely detached from any religious manifestation.” The Brazilian government responded to Dias, stating that because Brazil is “not … atheist, anticlerical or antireligious…,” the country “can legitimately make a reference to the existence of a higher being, a divinity, as long as, in doing so, it does not make an allusion to a specific religious doctrine.”

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